January 6, 2016
Mobile Experts LLC today released a new report on wireless Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, including a comparison of Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) and 2G/3G/4G wireless standards. This report, entitled LPWA vs. LTE, includes technical analysis of the link budget, as well as other key performance factors such as system capacity, dwell time/duty cycle, bandwidth, latency, and mobility (Doppler tolerance).
In addition, the new Mobile Experts report provides analysis of the business model for IoT. “Using link budget and capacity analysis as a guide, we estimated the CAPEX and OPEX required for LPWA networks and LTE alternatives,” the research firm said. “Client device costs and semiconductor cost breakdowns are presented in detail. The team considered ecosystem development, proprietary vs. open standards, global roaming, and long-term vendor assurance, among other qualitative factors in the business case.”
It examines 86 different IoT applications, with analysis of technical and business factors to illustrate where each wireless standard matches with appropriate use cases. Aside from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, 28 variations of wide-area wireless connectivity options are analyzed, including Short Range Wide Area (SRWA) options with mesh characteristics, 3GPP-based options from GPRS through LTE and NB-IoT, and several competing LPWA options.
“While Wi-Fi and Bluetooth variations will dominate the home automation applications, enterprise applications will increasingly move toward LPWA and 3GPP options for wider coverage and higher reliability,’ said senior analyst Frank Rayal.
“LPWA standards are now mature enough for us to analyze both coverage and capacity. This market study examines the technology at a deep level, to determine the fundamental differentiators between various standards.
The report includes 77 charts and diagrams to illustrate both technical and financial analysis in different ways. It also provides an “encyclopedic view of wide-area wireless M2M standards.”